Just when you thought academics were not wasting their time doing incredibly useless research, along comes this intriguing research:
by William Mayew and Mohan Venkatachalam
A deep voice is evolutionarily advantageous for males, but does it confer benefit in competition for leadership positions? We study a large sample of male public-company Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) and find that CEOs with deeper voices manage larger companies, and as a result, make more money. A 1% decrease in voice pitch is associated with a $30 million increase in the size of the firm managed, and in turn, $19 thousand more in annual compensation.
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